City of Prairie View Fire Marshal’s Office Presented by:
Juanel Sippio, Fire Marshal Deputy Shante’ Jones Deputy Gloria Lott
What you should know In case of an Emergency
The first step is to ensure you have reliable methods of receiving information – Radio – T.V. (battery powered) – NOAA weather radio – ALWAYS include back- up equipment Develop an out-of-town point of contact for separated family members to call. Secure lawn furniture and other loose material outdoors Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent lifting from their tracks Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
What to prepare
Family emergency kit
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Flashlight and extra batteries Battery radio and extra batteries First aid kit Blankets or sleeping bags Non- perishable food items (2- 3 days)
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Water (1 gallon a day per person) Bleach Essential medication (2 -3 days) Prescription eye wear Camera with film/ Polaroid picture of family members
• Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; canned juices; high energy foods and vitamins
Sturdy clothing and footwear (work boots, rain gear, hats, gloves, thermal underwear, etc.) Cash and/or credit cards Key records (birth certificates, insurance, deeds, etc.) Proper identification Road Maps Plastic and duct tape Fire extinguisher Emergency contact numbers Toys for children Special supplies for babies and older adults
Place these items in a plastic container to carry
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Each kit should include:
– – – – – – 20 adhesive bandages in various sizes 5” x 9” sterile dressing Conforming roller gauze bandage 2 triangular bandages Roll of 3” cohesive bandages Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcoholbased hand sanitizer – Antiseptic wipes – Large medical grade non-latex gloves
First Aid Kit cont…
– – – – – – – Adhesive tape, 2” width Anti-bacterial ointment Cold pack Scissors (small, personal) Tweezers CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield Non-prescription drugs, such as aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid (for stomach upset), syrup of Ipecac (used to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
– Conditions are favorable for a tornado, so be alert!
During a Tornado Watch…
– Move cars inside a garage or carport. Keep your car keys and house keys with you. – Move lawn furniture and yard equipment such as lawnmowers inside if time permits. – Account for family members at home. – Have your emergency kit ready. – Keep your radio or TV tuned into the weather reports.
Tornado warning means to TAKE ACTION.
A tornado has actually been sighted. Take shelter immediately! A tornado warning usually covers one county or a large portion and lasts about an hour
Dark, often greenish sky Large hail A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating) Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the house Bathrooms Closets Room without windows
Get Low and Stay Low
Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it. Use arms to protect head and neck.
The local radio station KPVU 91.3 FM is the emergency communication station. In case of any emergency, tune in to KPVU 91.3 for updates and instructions to follow in case of emergency. If there is a loss of power in the city, Fire and Police units will be sent to the four sectors of the city to communicate to the citizens via Public Address Systems.
Listen to the radio or TV for information. Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. Turn off propane tanks.· Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies. Moor your boat if time permits. Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Effects of Severe Thunderstorms
Downed power lines
Slow response to emergency medical
No passable roads (debris blocking roads)
Do NOT attempt to drive in high water 6’’ of water will reach the bottom of cars 12’’ of water will float a car 2’ of rushing water will carry off pickup trucks, SUVs
Mobile Homes in case of Emergency
Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
Shelter in Place
If asked to stay in doors:
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Close and lock doors and windows Seal door thresholds with wet towels Turn off AC/ Heater Seal all vent openings with plastic and tape Monitor TV or radio station Do not smoke or have open flame
Keep gas in car Get family emergency kit Have an escape plan Have emergency phone numbers available Consider special needs of family members Plan for pets and animals
Fire Marshal’s Office
Office: 936.261.5918 Fax: 936.857.2261 24- hour line 936-391-0088 Marshal J. Sippio